According to ODOT, there have been a lot of people hit by cars along 6th Street. At a workshop Monday, the city council was approached by the agency with plans to make the intersections safer.
However, some councilors disagreed and wanted more public input before making a decision. The plans were set to complete intersection changes in 2021.
During the workshop as well, the city also revisited its previous discussion about a possible gas tax. It’s now heading to the ballot this May.
The city says it plans on introducing a 3-cent per gallon tax which would go toward street preservation and maintenance needs. It’s estimated that could bring it just under $1.5 million a year.
Twenty-four other cities in Oregon have a gas tax including Phoenix and Brookings. If approved by voters, the gas tax would replace a monthly utility fee on water bills.
NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.